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When doing right is not enough

 

Most people in the USA, whether they believe in God or not, are aware of the 10 Commandments. They may know them from the Bible or the movie by that name, or from the many trials about posting them near/in public buildings.  I bring that up because it leads to the thought that with commandments comes an understanding of doing what is right in the sight of God. Some go so far as to rationalize that doing enough good (or more good than bad) is what will get them into heaven. I’m not refuting that misconception with this blog. God’s plan for salvation (home in heaven) is found in other spots on our website and I encourage you to read it. My thoughts are about if whether or not doing right is enough?

 

We all would agree that by giving commandments, God said there was right and wrong and He expects us to do the right. Back in Genesis, God gave Adam and Eve instruction not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil. A clear “Do Not” command that said the right thing was to not eat of the fruit. Their disobedience is recorded for all of us to read, along with many other people’s disobedience. We also read about Abraham doing the right thing in willingly offering up Isaac his sonand along with that many others doing the right. This brings us to the books of Kings and Chronicles, where God recorded those kings that “did right in the sight of the Lord” and those kings that “did evil in the sight of the Lord." We see the following slight variation found in 2 Chronicles 25:1-2 (KJV) “Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.  And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lordbut not with a perfect heart.” So what does that mean? Apparently it is possible to do God’s commandments without doing them from the right motivation or reasons. 

 

So what is lacking? Looking at Exodus 20:6; Deuteronomy 5:10 & 7:9, Joshua 22:5, and 1 John 5:2 we see that we must love God and keep His commandments. So doing right is not enough without loving God. Both these items are needed to receive God’s blessings. Furthermore Paul tells us (in 1 Corinthians 13) that though we do any number of good works, if we have not love, “it profits me nothing." He then goes on to explain what love is not and what it is. I strongly recommend taking the time to read this chapter so one knows what it means to love and can thereby do God’s will in/with love and be truly pleasing to Him.

 

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